Thousands March in New York to support the Jewish community after a wave of anti-Semitic attacks

Joshua Fitch

Tens of thousands of people flocked to the streets of Lower Manhattan on Sunday to show their support for the New York Jewish community after a wave of anti-Semitic attacks that shocked the region late last year. Despite the cold weather, people gathered at Manhattan’s Foley Square to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. The NYPD estimates that around 20,000 people took part in the increase. Legislators and government officials joined the protesters and said, “Without hatred, without fear, our Jewish family is welcomed here.” Focus on how much this type of crime is increasing. According to the NYPD, there was a 24 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2019 compared to 2018, and not just in New York. A report by the Center for Research on Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino shows that anti-Semitic crimes in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago have reached a height of 18 years.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke on Sunday in March, saying he would propose a new law that defines the ethics of racial crime as domestic terrorism. “This is a terrorist and should be punished as such,” Cuomo said. He also promised that the state would increase funds for security and the presence of security forces in vulnerable communities. “While we are here today in a spirit of solidarity and love, the government must do more than just think and pray. The government must act,” Cuomo said.

Mayor Bill De Blasio, MPs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Sensan Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand were among the elected officials who took part in the demonstration. Schumer said he would introduce legislation to cut federal funds to protect houses of worship. “They need to be protected, so we can get a $ 30 million grant to protect houses of worship in our proposal last year. Now I propose to double to $ 360 million,” he said. Sumer also made a historical parallel. “When Goodwill experienced anti-Semitism in Germany in the 20s and 30s, they didn’t do enough,” he said. “We are strong.”

Sources: The New York Times